A release or two ago we promoted the new Annotative Player, previously available only by entering a special web address. This player is a comprehensive upgrade of functionality with faster load, smoother operation, multi-device (including iPad & iPhone) access, higher resolution video, immediate content download, and enhanced user interface. A few new features have made it in as well. This demo clip highlights compound filtering to avail more sophisticated application of tags on comments driving precise edit instructions and more control over communications about content.
I recently was looking at a friend’s pictures taken during a stroll in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park and was reminded of a horrible production day back in the 90’s. I had been working as a production supervisor for an ultra low budget film with ultra high budget aspirations (don’t they all!). We had a top name cast that wanted to work on this indie project and a, how can I put this, well, a lightly seasoned film crew supporting the project.
As is often the nature in small under-funded projects, I was wearing multiple hats and was stretched very thin. On one production day we were set to shoot in Griffith Park, a sprawling, scrubby and hilly parcel of Los Angeles with winding roads and walking paths. The assistant directors and location managers are generally the ones in charge of communicating the time and place of shooting days to the crews.
General practice is to have a map attached to call sheets distributed well before wrap so that everyone knows where to be the next day and what time he or she is due in. On this particular day, the assistant directors had decided to move the base camp for shooting but had only managed to notify half the crew. When I arrived on set, half the crew was in another location setting up and putting us an hour behind schedule on what was already a day with more to shoot than hours in which to work. The 2nd AD in charge of setting up base camp wasn’t working on fixing the problem and tried to blame our old friends Someone and Somebody.
Production should be fun and on the good days it really is fun. On days with massive communications breakdowns, it’s no fun at all. How great would it have been to have a set of tools like Market7 that would update and automatically email the entire crew of the location change? The cost savings alone would have been great but it would have also saved a few people their jobs that day. To schedule a demo of Market7, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
While PC Magazine has its roots in the consumer PC hardware/software market, it also publishes an excellent business-focused blog that highlights the latest innovative software and hardware, news, research, etc., geared toward biz users. A little while back, we spoke with PC Mag’s Samara Lynn and showed her video.Market7.com. She was impressed with its features and functionality and posted a brief overview on the site over the weekend.
Market7 makes it easy for anyone to collaborate on video. Keep checking back for news on the work we’re doing on that front!
As promised in the last “New Release” blog post, this one includes some slick screen capture demos. The work we’ve been doing recently with modules like Event Management and Task Management increasingly positions video.Market7 as an excellent service for project management period, besides the fact that we bring specific value to video production as a type of project with some of our more industry-specific modules.
Here are enhancements we’ve made recently for Events:
Additionally, we’ve made some improvements to the project home page (including project due data as a new data field), and to the flow of people being invited to and joining projects. As always, a blog post of this type is tagged “New Releases” so they can be conveniently perused.
This gives a nice overview of our software. I also encourage you to look through her many production tips videos. She has put together a nice collection of tips and software tools that would be useful to any producer.